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Dream charms and recipes for good nights sleep
Posted by Saille Stormcat
Dream charms and recipes for good nights sleep to charm something refers to enchanting something or someone. words are spoken or sung in order to provoke an action of some sort. words become a chant and are repeated until desired result is achieved. when the object becomes charmed it possesses magical qualities and is recognized as enchanted. the objects can be as a horseshoe or a four leaf clover to bring luck. the north American Indians used a dream catcher made from a net of woven on a round frame which was decorated with feathers and beads. it resembled a man made spider web and was hung over the bed. the net was believed to catch the bad dreams, which then disappeared when hit by the early morning sun rays. the good dreams where allowed to drift below to enter the sleepers mind. this is a popular charm used today in children's bedrooms. Herbs and flowers herbs have been used over time to induce dreams, inspire you to dream, and have your wishes fulfilled through a dream. before going to sleep, relax and repeat this affirmation. 'may my dreams bring me peace, happiness and success.' by putting these herbs under our pillow you will influence the types of dreams you wish to have. Rosemary wards off nightmares and brings restful sleep.Rosemary is excellent for dream recall and answering a particular question you wish answered. improves memory and produces sleep Holly nine holly leaves tied with nine knots in a scarf under your pillow allows you to have prophetic dreams. Mugwort promotes psychic ability and is useful in inducing prophetic dreams. Cowslip is supposed to bring luck and encourages contact with departed loved ones whilst dreaming. St John's Wort protects against nightmares and bad dreams. Valerian a great sleep enhancer. it will help you have a peaceful sleep. Dried flowers if you want to be lulled to sleep with dreams of all things beautiful, this country mix will do the trick. fill a small linen/cotton bag and leave it under your pillow. this is for a large quantity. 1 cup dried rose petals 1 cup of any other dried fragrant flower petals such as jasmine and lilac 1 cup dried lavender 1 cup dried lemon verbena 1 cup dried rosemary 6 drops of bergamot essential oil
Magical Self-Defense and Protection
Posted by Sapphire Many people involved in Pagan and Wiccan spirituality find themselves, at some point, worrying about magical attack. What if someone casts a spell on me? How will I know? What do I do? More importantly, how do I protect myself so that it doesn‟t happen in the first place? Well, first of all, relax. Chances are really good that you're not going to be the victim of a magical attack at all. Here's why: it takes a certain amount of skill and effort to magically attack someone with a curse or hex , and honestly, many people aren't interested in putting forth that much work, and of those, many do not have the skill level required for a magical strike. In other words, not everyone who talks the talk can walk the walk. That having been said, if someone is willing to put forth the effort and they have the ability to craft an effective spell, it's possible you could be the victim of a deliberate, concentrated attack. Be aware, also, that in most cases, someone who tells you they've hexed, cursed, or otherwise put a spell on you is the one least likely to be able to do so. What is a magical attack? It's a curse or a hex, that's designed to make things go badly for you. If there are other circumstances in place, it's probably not a magical attack. Maybe you're just having a run of bad luck. Sometimes, it's just a matter of changing your lifestyle, or looking at mundane causes. Let's take a look at how to tell if you're under a magical attack. Ask yourself these questions Is there someone in your life that you have angered or offended in some way? Is that person someone who has the magical knowledge to place a harmful spell on you? Is a hex or curse the only possible explanation for what is happening to you? If the answer to all three is "yes", then it's possible you've been cursed or hexed. If that's the case, then you need to take protective measures. Many people also choose to use divination as a way of determining whether they're the victim of a hex or a curse, but if you do this, bear in mind that your own fears and worries may effect the outcome. It's better to have the divination done by an objective party who isn't aware of your concerns. Ask a trusted friend to do the divination, and see if they come to the same conclusions that you have. If you feel you've genuinely been the victim of a magical attack, the first thing to do is protect yourself from further mischief. Once you've done that, you need to get started on removal of the curse or hex. There are several methods of doing this. Some examples that may be used successfully include Creating a "magic mirror spell that bounces the curse or hex back to it's senderI know that some of you are thinking that this will bring about the three fold law but no you are only returning the negative energy back to it's sender.
Create a doll or poppet to take the damage for you. If you aren't sure how to do this you can use something that represents the sender or you can also use a crystal to aid to your defense.You can also preform a working that will rid you from the negative influences in your life as well.Some people use Meditation, Reiki, Chakra healing or other energy work to lift the spell. For general protection, most people use a simple shielding method. This is a psychic shell that one draws around themselves. You can do this either by casting a circle of protection and recharging it periodically, or you can charge an amulet or talisman with protective properties. This will be an effective way of protecting you in the majority of magical attacks. You can also burn sage, make a protection grid with your crystals and stones, the amulet or talisman can be made to suit your needs you can make one to keep in your car, if you have a piece of jewelry you can create one that you wear just remember to cleanse and charge it as you see fit. You can cleanse them by running them through luke warm water or letting them sit over night in spring water. I use rain water if i have it available to me. If you're going to put together a working for magical protection, you may want to use some of these correspondences. Magical Herbs-For protection Aloe vera, hyssop, asoefetida, mandrake, heather, holly, mugwort, onion, wood betony, valerian, sandalwood, snapdragon, fleabane, mustard, garlic, foxglove, dill, mistletoe, sage is good for smudging and keeping negative energies at bay. Acacia protects against psychic attack Agrimony useful for returning harmful energy to its original source. Basil warns off negative magic, Black thorn reverses a spell, Cayenne returns negative energy to its source. Coffee neutralizes harmful magic Dragon's Blood resin protection, Hyssop purification and defensive magic,Mugwort protects against astral attack, or psychic attack in dreams, Patchouli returns harmful magic, Solomon's Seal protects against negative energy. St. John's Wort purifies and protects against psychic attack,Vetivert use to break a hex or curse,Wormwood use in uncrossing rituals, to remove hexes or curses upon you, Yarrow psychic protection, and Yucca prevents attack via sympathetic magic. Crystals and Gemstones-Amber protects against psychic attack, Amethyst protects from negative energy, Black Onyx protects against harmful magic, Fire Agate for protection of the aura, Hematite use for protection of home and property, as well as to fend off psychic attack, Malachite repels hostile magical attacks,Obsidian provides protective energies, Quartz used to protect yourself from hexes or curses, Ruby use to defend against magical attacks related to emotions, Selenite for shielding against negative outside influences. Carnelian used in magical shielding, or as a talisman against psychic attack. If you don't have any of these on hand use what you do have the important thing is your intent. If you are needing to cleanse your aura you can do a simple meditation and envision the negativity leaving your aura and being replaced with light energies. Charging your stones on the full moon can be effective as well.
Native American Sun Worship
Posted by OneCrow
Sun Worship is a custom that has gone on nearly as long as mankind itself. In North America, the tribes of the Great Plains saw the sun as a manifestation of the Great Spirit. For centuries, the Sun Dance has been performed as a way to not only honor the sun, but also to bring the dancers visions. Traditionally, the Sun Dance was performed by young warriors. According to historians, Sun Dance preparation amongst most of the Plains peoples involved a lot of prayer, followed by the ceremonial felling of a tree, which was then painted and erected at the dancing ground. All of this was done under the supervision of the tribe's shaman. Offerings were made to show respect to the Great Spirit. The Sun Dance itself lasted for several days, during which time the dancers abstained from food. On the first day, prior to beginning the dance, participants often spent some time in a sweat lodge, and the painted their bodies with a variety of colors. Dancers circled the pole to the beat of drums, bells, and sacred chants. The Sun Dance was not held solely to honor the sun -- it was also a way of testing the stamina of the tribe's young, unblooded warriors. Among a few tribes, such as the Mandan, dancers suspended themselves from the pole with ropes attached to pins that pierced the skin. The young men of some tribes lacerated their skin in ritualized patterns. Dancers kept going until they lost consciousness, and sometimes this could go on for three to four days. Dancers often reported having a vision or a spirit walk during the celebration. Once it was over, they were fed, bathed, and -- with great ceremony -- smoked a sacred pipe in honor of the Great Spirit's manifestation as the sun. from google search
Finding the Heart of Meditation
Posted by Rev
Take the energy brought forth from meditation and make change in the world. Carry out the resolves of your heart, do what is best for yourself and those in your life making the world a better place. To begin, each meditation session can be divided into several sections. I like to think of them as supplication, prayer, contemplation, appreciation, and application. For instance, by including different aspects in your time for meditation in the evening you can do a mental evaluation of the day and plan for the morrow. You can decide what good came of your actions during the day, and how to change if necessary. It is a good time to fearlessly face the more difficult issues head on in a calm and peaceful manner. Beginning each meditation by asking your Higher Self for favors or help with resolving issues leaves room in the rest of the meditation time for ideas to float to the surface on how to take action. Following a request for help a period of quiet and sincere prayer, perhaps using a rosary or mala for your praying as shown in the photo, purifies the mind and settles the heart into a receptive mode, for easing into the highest resolve to your issues or carrying out a plan that has come to mind. The period of quiet time that follows prayer is the heart of meditation. Now is the chance to visit the inner recesses of yourself and enjoy the peace that comes of a receptive mind willing to do what is needed for the greatest good. Contemplation and quiet meditation give you the chance to be still in body while thinking over issues on your deepest level. Thoughts of appreciation energize our body to carry out the direction from our Source that arises from deep within, accessible during our quiet time of meditation. And what good is meditation if we don’t put the new directives from our cleared mind into action? If we each listened to the Voice of Gods within and went forth in that direction we’d really create a heaven on earth right now.
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look at love
look at love how it tangles with the one fallen in love look at spirit how it fuses with earth giving it new life why are you so busy with this or that or good or bad pay attention to how things blend why talk about all the known and the unknown see how the unknown merges into the known why think separately of this life and the next when one is born from the last look at your heart and tongue one feels but deaf and dumb the other speaks in words and signs
look at water and fire earth and wind enemies and friends all at once the wolf and the lamb the lion and the deer far away yet together look at the unity of this spring and winter manifested in the equinox you too must mingle my friends since the earth and the sky are mingled just for you and me be like sugarcane sweet yet silent don't get mixed up with bitter words my beloved grows right out of my own heart how much more union can there be
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DRESSING A CANDLE FOR RITUAL
Posted by Rev
1. Choose type and color of candle appropriate for ritual. 2. Cleanse the candle of prior energies: you may use water, salt, pure soap, or baby oil (all previously blessed and consecrated.) 3. Bless and consecrate oil to be used, appropriate to ritual. 4. State and engrave (if you wish) what the candle is to represent. 5. Anoint the candle with oil and focus on desire (purpose of ritual.) A. For ritual of achievement: anoint oil from the top of the candle to the middle in a downward motion, then from the bottom of the candle to the middle in an upward motion. B. For ritual of banishment: anoint oil from the middle of the candle to the top in an upward motion, then middle to bottom of the candle in a downward motion. 6. Bless and consecrate the candle. 7. Meditate on desired outcome. Some people do not use matches to light candles, the sulfur is considered unclean. If you feel this way, use an incense starter or stick to light your candles. To extinguish a candle, snuff it out or wave your hand over it hard enough to make a breeze to put it out. Do not blow or pinch it out. Blowing a candle out blows desires away, and pinching a flame pinches out desires.
Candle Therapy and Crystals
Using candles as therapy has been around for thousands of years, and has been practiced by nearly every religion. Candle therapy can be used to unite the powers of mind, body, and Spirit. From ancient times to the present, Candles have lit our way through every transition! From celebrations and ceremonies to proclamations and processions! The candle's' flame has always been a metaphor for the soul! It possesses a tranquil and almost hypnotic atmosphere to those who allow its power to take them to a very special place. A candle acts as a "self object". A self object is an object that is a reflection of our self, a reflection upon which we can act. The candle reflects the Spiritual and ethical changes we would like to bring about in ourselves. It burns as a reminder and symbol of our desires. Sometimes we have to hand our dreams over to a force more powerful than we are. The techniques of allowing candles to help in Crystal work involve holding a selected crystal in your hand or hands or placing the stone on the floor or table near you and your mat and allow yourself to focus on the mineral as you meditate. In a meditative or yoga group circle, you may place the candles and Crystals in the center of the group. Make sure that the intention of the entire group is that of the same intent. Crystals can allow one to reach higher Spiritual levels during Meditation. The crystal magnifies one's personal energy by aligning and connecting with universal power. The candle can center and align by concentrating on it's flame. If you decide to make your own candles, you can incorporate crystals into the candles as an energetic component. Andrew Pacholyk, MS. L.Ac
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Native American Lore
Posted by Rev Carol Ingle Ghost Woman All civilizations around the world speak of the appearance and influence of spirits for reasons that may include: •immediate warnings •personal guidance •global prophecy Our reality has played out many scenarios in the same space - but different timelines - their projected images bleeding into the grid matrix of each experience. Native Americans often recount tales of ghostly manifestations, many that teach lessons. Here are a few examples... A Teton Ghost Story Long ago there was a large band of Dakota-Sioux Indians who had spread to a village in the present Jackson Hole Basin of Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming. The Teton band flourished, and its people were healthy and strong because they ate plenty of buffalo meat. Usually when they camped for the night, a crier would go among the lodges and call: "There will be many buffalo tomorrow. Be on the alert!" One day after the Tetons returned to their camp from a hard buffalo hunt, a young man announced that he wished to marry the most beautiful girl in the tribe, the Chief's daughter. Her father said, "I will not give you my permission until you bring me many horses." So the young Indian set out in search of many wild horses, hoping to please the Chief and win his beautiful daughter for his bride. While the young brave was away, his tribe abandoned their regular campsite and moved elsewhere. Later, the young Indian returned to the deserted camp with several captured horses. As it was late in the day he thought he would take shelter nearby in a solitary lodge. At first, he could not find a doorway into the lodge, because the sides were covered halfway up with sod.
Finally, he managed to make an entrance. Inside were four high posts that had been driven into the ground. The posts supported a kind of burial bed. On the bed lay a woman whose clothes were ornamented with elk's teeth. She turned her head looking down at the young Teton brave. He immediately recognized her as a member of his tribe--but now she was a Female Ghost. They stayed there for a long time and she became his wife. One day he said to himself, "I think I will go on a buffalo hunt." Although he did not speak aloud, the Ghost Woman knew his thoughts and said, "You are hungry for buffalo meat? Mount your horse and ride back to the bluffs. "When you come to the buffalo herd, rush into the centre of them and shoot the fattest one. Bring home the hide and buffalo meat. Roast the meat and bring me a share before you eat yours." The young Teton Indian brave left and followed Ghost Woman's instructions. When he reached the valley, he came to a large herd of buffalo. He charged his horse at full speed into the middle of them and shot the fattest one. He skinned it and cut up the meat, carrying the robe and meat upon his packhorse. He skewered a large piece of meat and roasted it until it was cooked enough, then he took it to Ghost Woman, who was standing in the centre of the lodge. Her husband was startled to see her standing there. Rows and rows of beautiful beadwork decorated her leather clothing. Already knowing what the young brave was thinking she said, "Please do not be afraid of me! " From that time on, they talked freely and planned what they would like to do. The young Indian brave said, "Why don't we begin our life together like our parents did when they were first married?" But the Ghost Woman replied, "No, no, that would never do, because we will need to pitch our tent during the day and travel by night." The young brave wondered about this arrangement. That is how it happened that they traveled at night. Ghost Woman walked ahead with her head covered, never saying a word to her husband as they travelled. Her legs were invisible. She made no noise as she floated along, ghostlike. Whenever the young Teton Indian brave thought about anything, Ghost Woman already knew what it was that he had in his mind. Is this why the Teton Indians say, "Beware of Ghosts because Ghosts know all things."
They say Ghosts know when the winds blow and which ones. Ghosts know when there will be snow. Ghosts know when there will be thunder and lightning. Ghosts are glad when the winds blow, because they can float along more swiftly as they travel from place to place. This is the way Teton Ghost Woman and the young Teton brave lived. Their tribal people never found them again. The Chief's daughter wondered why her young brave never returned to her. Finally, the young brave also became a Teton Ghost, floating along with the Teton Ghost Woman, every night, forever. Ghost of the White Deer A lore of the Chickasaw People of Oklahoma A brave, young warrior for the Chickasaw Nation fell in love with the daughter of a chief. The chief did not like the young man, who was called Blue Jay. So the chief invented a price for the bride that he was sure that Blue Jay could not pay." Bring me the hide of the White Deer, said the chief. The Chickasaws believed that animals that were all white were magical. "The price for my daughter is one white deer." Then the chief laughed. The chief knew that an all white deer, an albino, was very rare and would be very hard to find. White deerskin was the best material to use in a wedding dress, and the best white deer skin came from the albino deer. Blue Jay went to his beloved, whose name was Bright Moon. "I will return with your bride price in one moon, and we will be married. This I promise you." Taking his best bow and his sharpest arrows Blue Jay began to hunt. Three weeks went by, and Blue Jay was often hungry, lonely, and scratched by briars. Then, one night during a full moon, Blue Jay saw a white deer that seemed to drift through the moonlight. When the deer was very close to where Blue Jay hid, he shot his sharpest arrow. The arrow sank deep into the deer's heart. But instead of sinking to his knees to die, the deer began to run. And instead of running away, the deer began to run toward Blue Jay, his red eyes glowing, his horns sharp and menacing. A month passed and Blue Jay did not return as he had promised Bright Moon. As the months dragged by, the tribe decided that he would never return.But Bright Moon never took any other young man as a husband, for she had a secret. When the moon was shinning as brightly as her name, Bright Moon would often see the white deer in the smoke of the campfire, running, with an arrow in his heart. She lived hoping the deer would finally fall, and Blue Jay would return. To this day the white deer is sacred to the Chickasaw People, and the white deerskin is still the favorite material for the wedding dress. crystalinks.com
Eight simple steps for recording and exploring a dream
Posted by Chayenna 1. Give your dream a title, who reflects the essence of the dream. Like this when you reread the dreams after weeks, months or years later, it brings direct the story of your dream back in your mind 2. Describe the main actions as run, write a letter, making a call, or driving. Are these ordinary or special activities in your daily life and why 3. Notice the feelings in the dream and when you wake up, your waking feelings about the dream. Are they related to your daily life? Do you have the same feelings when you're awake and when you sleep?
4. Describe the dream environment. Is the environment natural or man made? A natural area contains forests, mountains, lakes, beaches, parks and gardens. A man-made environment contains subjects as cars trains, buses, city streets, airports, buildings, computers, etc. Changes the environment of one species to the other? 5. Describe the people and their properties. On which part of yourself or any person in your life are similar to the dream people? 6. Note the symbols and the objects who are striking 7. Summarize in a few words together what the dream seems to say. Do this spontaneously, intuitively and without reference to an official book about dream interpretations
8. Make your dreams come true by in your waking life to give action the message suggests. When you write down your dream on this way, it gives you some key points. You don’t need to write then the entire story down. When you don’t have time to write the key points, write then later what every aspect of the dream mans for you. Together with the message of the dream The environment in the dream Many people ignore the environment where the dream takes place because they think that this is unimportant for the story of the dream. The environment is similar to the background of a theater stage – it describes the place of action and gives guidance on what is happening then. According to Jung: the description of the location is very important, the place where the dream takes place makes huge difference for the interpretation
Your feelings in the dream Emotions are the most important element of every dream. In our dream analysis we must not only describe the feelings in our dream, but also the feelings when we are awake and look back to the dream. What do you feel, and think about the environment, the people, the symbols, the actions, That pops up in your dream? Dreams picking up our deepest inner feelings, which most of us have learned to hide so deeply that we often do not even know what our real feelings are. Dreams offer us again our feelings disguised as images, symbols and metaphors. If we translate the images back into feelings we can face and identify our true emotions, and that can lead to poignant healing of the Spirit. What happens in a dream? Dream Actions and especially how we feel when we see it happing or do it by our selves, are also an indication of what the theme of the dream try to tell you. If a dream is full of action so that you can’t describe them all, write then only two actions how are the most strangest or most notable and leave the rest. . Look how dream are related with your awaken life. Are they into contradiction with each other? Look at every aspect of your dream through the eyes of someone who has just arrived from another planet.
Dream Acts Some of the most common operations from the endless series of acts that we perform in our dreams which may include everything that we awake in our lives have seen, heard or done. - Be chased - Run - Fall from windows, mountains, stairs or falling into dark holes or dark pools of water - Clamp sit in uncomfortable close tunnels or caves - Search to toilets, urinate or defecate in public places - Driving a car or any other form of transport, running to get a planes, trains or buses - Dancing on stage or reading in public and you suddenly realize that you are half or completely naked - Searching for handbags, wallets, money, tickets and passports - Searching a way out or searching for people in endless corridors - sex with somebody else then your own partner, sex with more then one, sex with somebody of your own gender
See how you feel during and after the dream. Are you in panic or hilarious when you are running, falling or flying. If you have a vehicle do it feels confident or do you feel nervous behind the wheel, or are you walk and push behind? What feelings does it give when you become aware that you are standing naked before a crowd? If you walk and find a passport, money or hidden jewels, are you excited and expectantly, or afraid not to find what you are looking for? What are your feelings and thoughts about sex dreams What our dream acts are, they reflect what we are doing in our wakeful life. If you running away in your dream, there may be in your waking life you avoiding something - something that your eyes can not or dare to see. If you're looking for lost passports, keys, treasures, licenses, hidden diaries, you are maybe looking for lost " parts of yourself”, old identities which must be replaced Acts in nightmares All fears and concerns that we have in our wakeful life, be in a nightmare exaggerated. So we rush to the train, plane, bus, or to that very important appointment, and come too late. We try to run, but we can not because our feet are glued to the ground - or our legs would not move because they are stuck in mud, cement or water. We can be paralyzed. Our hair and teeth fall out; our face breaks in half as a broken mask. We forget where we live or where we have parked the car. We drive in cars whose brakes refuse; we fly or climb a mountain and collapse suddenly down. We are chased, caught put choked, or in any way threatened by a monstrous figure of evil that we wake up with crashing heart and fear This type of dream recall uncertainty about what we do, and can also encourage us to better prepare for a certain task The best way to deal with the nightmare or dream threat is to return there as soon as possible Imagine that you are back in the room. Brace yourself for the confrontation with the cause of fear or threat and assign it with your finger or a jet color, light or love for that to shrink to marketable size. Remember that you are dealing with emotional energy in dreams is often exaggerated. If the threat once small enough to tackle, hold you down and asks: "Who are you?" What are you? Which part of me did you? How can I heal you or help? How can you help me? See the threat face and overcome that, instead of make to run away. Dream People The players in our dreams - from the ordinary to the great - to highlight good and bad and indifferent parts of ourselves. What they also have secondary meaning. They draw our attention to properties that we find objectionable, we are not aware or that we should recognize and respect. Through a dialogue with whether or not our waking life dreams famous people can we learn the dynamics of our relationships better. People in dreams give us a chance to practice and rehearse for situations in our wakeful life. Dreams in which appearances of someone drastically changing - different failure modes or shrink face - may indicate fear of old age. For loss of sexuality or attractiveness, it may mean that we handle a situation likely to lose, or the need to maintain the facade that we show to others to let go, or even that we might have nar dentist. When we are witnesses of an attack or murder, or within the dream scenario that we like to do, it usually means that an aspect of ourselves we should abandon that struggle, or that we no longer need to grow and our to develop or that we should remove such a parent or teacher who exercises an influence which we should block
Dream symbols Dream Symbols, alive or dead, we can study in much the same way as other parts of the dream. If there is a hat, a metal clothes hanger and a pair of scissors as objects appear in your dream, remember or even in the general theme of the dream modify or not to appear to hear. Why? What associations do you have in waking life to these objects? Are you using them, always or only occasionally? A "hat" would be frivolous if you think of a day at the horse, or a picnic with champagne. If you have a hat in context, with skiing or religious marriages and funerals, it means something very different. A metal hanger for you might be insufficient or inferior if you prefer to hold hangers have, or perhaps has to do with dry cleaners or hotel rooms. Scissors may indicate operations, sewing, cutting, hairdresser, toe nails and so on. In general pay living symbols such as animals, flowers and plants refer to innocent, naive, natural childlike parts of ourselves and connect us deeper with our emotional side. Flowers symbolize purity, beauty, truth and perfection, and ensure that we feel happy. Animals symbolize the animal, instinctive, wild game or domestic side of our nature, look at what the animal, means for you.. Dream Dictionary Many people prefer to use a dictionary of dream interpretations instead of taking the time to work out their own symbolism. It is not logical to think that dream symbols precise and unvarying meanings. The meaning that we give now to a word, can be very different next year. People who interpretation dreams in this way will therefore get a superficial meaning of the dream, and do not that the personal material from their waking life is the basis of the actual message of the dream The importance of personal interpretation Freud once said: The dreamer knows what his dream means, but he knows not that he knows, and why does he think he does not know. Many people will recognize the description. To understand our dreams, we prefer to listen to a dream specialist, the local psychic, a friend or a book - everything and everyone except ourselves. However, only a dreamer can translate and understand the message of his own dream Because a dream is an intimate message of the soul to the personality. Understanding gives a new and deeper understanding of our self, The translation of others are always colored through own experiences, observations and prejudices A dream is a coded message that belongs to only one dreamer, we should never rely exclusively on interpretations of another. How universal dream symbols appear to be, they are exclusive expressions of the person that dreams them, and must be interpreted as so. Black and white dreams are mostly sober - intellectual - and colorful dreams suggest emotions and creativity. Notice always numbers, style figures, colors, strange words and names in a dream Remember that every dream can have 2-3 or more interpretations or messages. When you look with different views to a dream you can enhance their understanding.. Do not be afraid to make mistakes in the exercises. Say to you: On this way I understand my dream at the moment. Maybe I understand it tomorrow, next month or next year otherwise. copyright @2005 www.stemmenhoren.com , Chayenna
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I am a witch of ancient lore, I petition these trees, and forest floor. Converge myself upon this site, spider weaving, power and might. Air and Fire, Water and Earth, aid in my quest, I call you forth. Aradia, Aradia, I intone, thrice the power you have shone. Open my spiral of strength and sorcery, encompass the soul, you have granted me. Pentacle of old, stones of deep, protection around, assistance I seek. Marry my veins, to this Earth, Cernunno's I summon you forth. Steele needles and pins, red blood of sins. Buried deep in clandestine dusk, liquid Venus, scent of musk. Hear my words from Moon to Moon, cite the Lord & Lady's Rune By the law of three times three, So mote it be.... Posted by LilWren
Is it OK to use a Ouija Board?
Posted by LilWren Answer: No, they are unreliable and dangerous. Ouija Boards are often found in department store toy departments and in toy stores. It's a divination board that has the letters of the alphabet, the numbers, plus the words "yes," "no," and sometimes "good-bye," and "maybe." A three-legged device is used as a pointer. Someone can ask a question, their hands are placed lightly on the pointer and an answer is spelt out by a visiting "spirit." They actually do work. A real spirit will usually come and give you a response. But you will never see a witch or psychic use a Ouija Board. Why so? Ouija Boards have a huge problem. The problem is there is no way to arrange for a specific spirit, like a specific deceased relative or friend, to come and answer questions. No one knows why, but friendly spirits don't seem to like Ouija Boards. Or they don't like the company of negative spirits that are drawn to Ouija Boards. In fact, the very last place you are likely to contact a deceased relative or friend is through a Ouija Board. Using a Ouija Board is like opening the front door and asking everyone to come in. You have no idea who will actually walk in the door. It could be neighborhood thieves, murderers, insane people, etc... It is not that the Ouija Board is "evil" as some people believe, it is that some spirits are simply not nice, well-meaning, or mentally well balanced. Some unkind spirits find joy in frightening humans. Others find joy in giving wrong or harmful information. Thus, I must tell you that the use of the Ouija Board is simply unreliable and surprisingly dangerous. If you have a Ouija Board I strongly urge you to get rid it now! Destroy it and thrown it out in the trash.
Siberian Center for Eurasian Projects in collaboration with a Sweden delegation and “Abode of Dawn”, a spiritual – creative ecological «Abode of Dawn» community
«Abode of Dawn – new horizons»
About an international expedition to Krasnoyarsk region – the Vissarion community Sayan Mountains, 14 – 23 August 2011
The Sayan Beauty – new horizons seen from the Abode of Dawn. By Nina Goncharova
This expedition has been the final event of the summer 2011 Earth is Our Common Home expedition. The idea is to put together creative streams of visions and actions from Siberia – Russia – Sweden and the world to creating an international network of interconnected communities as Peace Villages co tuned with each other, with the Highest Will, with the nature for creating a new sacred space and a new attractive reality. For this very task Pax and Helen Tielman a couple from Sweden resonated and arrived in Siberia. Pax specially investigated the Tamera community in Portugal and took part virtually in the Peace Ship expedition by sending his Eco Communities for the Future presentation. Now they heard the call of Siberia and Sayan. “Why have you arrived to Siberia?” – asked Sofia, my friend, while driving us by her car all from the airport in Novosibirsk. «We are totally fed up with European life», – said Helen and both of them added that they would love to experience what is Siberia and Russia in reality. On the 14th of August 2011 we (Pax, Helen, Artyom and me) left Novosibirsk by train to Abakan city. I felt an invisible legend happening as these two people from Europe decided to step to Nowhere by feeling that great changes are happening all over the planet and they wanted to act together … Early in the morning on the 15th of August we arrived at Abakan city – the capital of Hakassia. We took a suburb train and continued our trip to reach the place where 20 years ago, in the depth of Siberian taiga a humane community was born and has been created by people from all corners of Russia and the world. It was founded by Vissarion who awakened to his mission when he was 29 years old, and since that time he has been constantly moving forward bringing people God’s Word and putting this word into life by practical living on Earth. I started to recollect how together with his collaborators Sergey Chevalkov and Stas Kazakov we invented the idea of a personal meeting of Vissarion and Talgat Akbashev to unite these powerful streams of creative energy for the future. And really this meeting took place in Krasnoyarsk during the People Assembly of Siberia as a part of a Living Stream project. Since that time we have been acting in parallel and together. After visiting the community, my wish to support this activity has been growing and it can be manifested in creating a network of interconnected communities as one big human family
It took two hours by the suburb train and two hours by bus to reach my beloved village – Gulyaevka situated rather close to the Mountain with a sun city. Elena Petrovskaya, with whom we met at the Call of Baikal forums in 1999 and then in Krasnoyarsk, awaited us. Elena moved to Gulyaevka in November 2010 and since that time for almost a year, her house has been under construction so that it could host many people. Tatyana Kurashenko, another woman from our Education for Life movement (we started a Call of Baikal forum in 1997 and then trekked for Shumak – the “Third Eye of the planet”. There is also Oleg Aristarhov from Cheremshanka village with whom we travelled all over Altai in 2006 for cultural cooperation.
Pax and Helen observing Siberia from the train Gulyaevka greets us with a blue sky and the Russian banya lovingly prepared by our friends right on the shore of Kazir river. For our foreign friends it is the first opportunity to swim in a cold Siberian river after the banya. In the evening, we visit the Gulyaevka small Chapel and create a circle of friendship – Oleg’s heartfelt and beautiful singing fills us with joy connecting all of us into one whole – with the heavens, each other and this place. On the 16th of August, we leave for Petropavlovka to meet Vladimir Vedernikov, one of the key managers of the community. Our meeting takes place in the house of Tanya Denisova – a woman who moved from Moscow many years ago. She hosts many people from all over Russia who come mostly for the community’s annual celebrations.
An ennobled Petropavlovka, Krasnoyarsk region Vladimir arrives at Tanya’s house and we see a tall, handsome man with a kind and radiant face. While we met his mobile phone rang several times and Vladimir explained that more and more people from all over the world arrive and all of them need attention. Pax speaks about his spiritual search telling that he happened to meet several teachers and each of them considered his teaching to be the only way for saving the humanity. And here he met simplicity and freedom. Then we go on speaking with Vladimir in Russian. Our topic is about the best way of integrating our opportunities on international level with the Peace Pole idea of the Vissarion. Vladimir says: “Let us act together. For example imagine you need the land for some thirty people from all over the world to become one community”. He adds a profound thing: “We should be in time and I wish you could not search for us with flashlights”. It brings me a feeling of a legendary migration that is meant to happen on the eve of a New Time. I felt huge responsibility for giving the people the Call who might still hear it. That very day we went by car to visit one of the khutors – some 3 km from Gulyaevka village. Suddenly the wheels got stuck in the mud and I immediately recollected a fragment from the “Surrogates” film, when all the cars stopped and the voice said: “Now we will have to live on our own”. Our team – Oleg, Pax, Helen, Artyom and me managed to pull the car from the mud. I could not but think about horses who would easily overcome this obstacle… I felt how our team had become one due to the obstacle that we all had to overcome… When at last the car was pulled out, our friendly team was presented with the gift from Mother Nature – big mushrooms.
Pulling the car off - the team is growing …
Art and Helen with mushrooms
At last we were in the khutor, a remote beautiful place – the nomadic home of three families that live together as one united family. Their life is simple and full of heroism. Sunset was almost upon us and we saw a wonderful small house made from the soil – it happened to be the Russian banya. At the moment the three families lived together in one big tent and by the autumn they will bring a house already built in the village. The idea of the khutor is to learn to live together in nature and create a new living path to the Mountain.
The miraculous banya
With Lyuba (in blue and red dress)
On the way back we met Nicolay, Juyba’s husband and initiator of the Path project. He invited everybody to join their family. In the evening when we approached Lena’s house in Gulyaevka, we saw several people – two Kazaks among them. I happened to hear only one phrase: “In the time of Atlantis people were informed about the coming changes but only some of them moved to different parts of the world – the rest faded together with Atlantis…” It brought the feeling of eternity and some deep inner reflections about the times of Atlantis… On the 17th of August we visited Cheremshanka village to get our foreign friends registered and happened to meet an international media group from USA and Serbia. Then we all left for the Golden city – first by cars and then by foot. The young people were interested in cooperation with our good friends - the “Bridging Heaven and Earth” team. While trekking, we spoke about a new time and the changes happening all over the planet and again I felt that our common concern was to create conditions for the youth of the world to live in a different world.
With an international media group during ascending, August 17, 2011
And here we are – at the Gates to the Abode of Dawn (it was called earlier – the Sun City). The air is fresh, fragrant and full of awesomeness as the presence of the invisible worlds is felt. I hear Artyom translating one of the foreign women: “Remember Dante’s Divine Comedy? There was a note at the gates to hell: “Everybody who enters this gate, abandon all Hope”. And here, see, the meaning is in contrast with the one of Dante: “Everyone who enters this gate, accept Hope””…
The gates to the Abode of Dawn
“Accept Hope” meeting near the gates
We entered the “city” and were greeted by a team of kind men dressed in white. The “city” consists of 14 streets situated in a circle around the center of the city with a symbolic Two Wings sculpture. All the houses are wooden, simple with no locks and gardens instead of fences. Pax and Helen are hosted by Adrian and Anna Kastro – a Swedish family – so that they could directly communicate. Artyom, I and Tatyana Kurashenko are hosted by Vladimir – a former miner, and Vera – teacher of history at the Mountain school. When we arrive at their house, we also meet Valera, Peter and Irina – all citizens of the Vissarion community who live in other villages and who have arrived at the mountain to take part in the annual celebration. During the very first conversation Vera invites Artyom to teach history in the Mountain school… On the 18th of August, it is the day of Celebration. On that very day twenty years ago the first preaching of the Vissarion happened and at that time he announced the creation of a community in the Siberian taiga. The day starts with the liturgy in the center of the “city”. I feel many things happening in the invisible worlds while people sing in the open air. I think that in the future will feel each other, nature and the Highest worlds in silence, while singing and in the simplicity of every moment of life. And now we observe the great inner work of people from all over the world who send their best intentions, words, dreams into the heaven. After the liturgy we ascend for the Heavenly Dawn and again I am astonished by the view - right on the high mountain close to the Unity Temple there are solar batteries, big green houses, many flowers and a beautiful hand made path… All has been created by human hands and hearts. Is it not a heroic endeavor of thousands of people, united by one and the same aspiration?
Self-sufficient Heavenly Dawn, 18 August, 2011
We silently climb down having our own reflections. After dinner we all together go to the Tiberkul Lake. (It means a “Divine Lake”). The lake charms us with its beauty, warm water, and blue clay as we see lots of people covered by the healing blue clay and hear jokes – people call these people “avatars”
Adrian and Adelaida Kastro
Tiberkul Lake, 18 August 2011
Pax and Artyom
At 17:00, we are here again – opposite the Gates to start ascending again to have a Fusion meeting with the Teacher. Thousand of people are ascending for the mountain and for their true self. We climb the mountain together with our Swedish old and new friends as we have Adrian Kastro, who has been here living in the Sun City. He moved from Sweden for Siberia many years ago. As soon as we reach the place of the fusion we hear Sergey Chevalkov speaking about inner silence and peace inside our hearts. “When we are ready and have peace inside, our Teacher will feel it and come”. Again inspiring songs and sounds of violins (it is children who perform it) fill the air and the space. In the growing harmony of the heart resonance we feel how something sacred and unbelievable is happening on the Earth here and now. A new humane brotherhood is being born. “The time has come… It’s special to us… it marks the beginning of a historical event of the greatest change of the human essence world wide – the victory of a man over his second “I” under whose slavery he has been living for thousands of years… The hour is near when the whole world will be interested in the things taking place here… And it will be impossible not to notice the things you do here... You will show very quickly that humanity can exist, with another character of life-managing…”. And really here they are – people from different countries surrounding us. There are our Swedish people, a young woman from Austria, and some people from Germany. I also see our new media friends from USA. My thoughts are about the fusion of our movement with this great Accomplishment.
People before the Fusion, 18 August
Children playing violins on the mountain
And now a really mystical feeling is there – from the mountain in a white garment slowly and confidently Vissarion comes down. I have a strange feeling that one and the same message steps on the Earth. But this time it is both Word and Action going together hand in hand. The Word of Vissarion is very short but full of meaning. In his every word a great Hope is there and it is about people who can do the things they have come to fulfill – to create a new, never existed, different, humane, self – sufficient society of happy people – co creators. I happen to translate his word to our Swedish friends, and also to all the people who approached and surrounded us in order to hear his word in English.
Vissarion, 18 August
A part of our international group after the Fusion, 18 August
We come down with flashlights… When we come closer to the center there are fire works blossoming with all rainbow colors. A strange feeling… Late in the evening in our big mountain family in Vladimir’s house we have friendly conversations and jokes and something very different – that you can not find in the ordinary cities and villages. On the 19th of August – again a blue sky covers us with blessings. We find out that our media American friends have their meeting with Vissarion and that we leave the Abode of Dawn at 12. At the Gates, we have a spontaneous meeting with two men and speak about Talgat and Vissarion’s meeting organized at Krasnoyarsk. They do know that they both kept silence during the meeting. I again recollect my feeling when I could not be there with them and I prayed for the meeting to be silent… This is the way I foresee our meeting too. I sense that this meeting will blossom with new collaboration as we are all really one. We leave the Sun City later as soon the meeting is over. We climb down easily and rather quickly - the way we ascended the mountain two days before. Our Pax courageously treks though he damaged his knees during these two days of unusual walk for him. His rucksack is carried by Vladimir Vedernikov… And again following the wooden paths we can not but feel admiration for the heroic activity of thousand of devoted people who have created it with their own hands – in the former wild Siberian taiga. I recollect Sergey Chevalkov and Stas Kazakov stories about the way they started… In Gulyaevka, Lena Petrovskaya, Larisa from Zheleznogorsk town, Ludmila from Krasnoyarsk city are there waiting for us. They have prepared the healing banya and the only thing we need is beech tree … I go to visit Lena’s neighbors – Vadim Irina and their mother Raisa Ivanovna. They tell me their story, how they lived for nine years on the Mountain, co-creating and feeling joy together with Vissarion. They share one of the veniks so that we could happily fit in Lena’s banya. And then – a Singing circle of awareness. Everybody speaks about his feelings and reflections about the Mountain. It is really better to have a living experience, to see with one’s own eyes and to feel with our own hearts what is happening on our small planet at this historical transition time. We go to bed and I again live through the dream that I had last time in winter while sleeping close to the Russian stove. “A baby is given to me.He is naked. I take him and feel; simply know from within myself that he has a screw inserted into his back. A feeling of total responsibility for his life overwhelms me. I know that it is time to act! With some seventh sense I know the place where the screw is put inside his body, my hand immediately finds this place on his back and quickly takes it out of his body and throws it off. My heart rejoices! - Now I know that the baby will LIVE!” On the 20th of August we visit several homes in Gulyaevka. First we go to our old – young friend Christophe, a musician, creator of choruses, who arrived to the community from Germany and constructed his Music House directly in his garden. His chorus seminar with German and Austria participants has just ended and we are happy to meet our new friends we met on the Mountain. We climb to the beautiful roof of Christophe’s house and feel joyful as we witness how quickly his house - “miracle on the garden” grows and how his dream for creating spontaneous choruses that he, Christophe, so masterfully creates, develops. Then we sing all together feeling the resonance of hearts.
Singing together with Christophe (in orange shirt), 20 August, Gulyaevka Then we visit one more family – Sigfrid and Petra who also moved to Siberia from Germany. We feel the atmosphere of joy, happiness and creativity there. Petra creates dresses for men and women. This is a good example of the concept that everybody is a master to create beauty with his/her hands and to give it to people.
Pax and Sigfrid
Petra and Larisa
Helen in Petra’s master room
The third family to visit is again a musician’s family - Andrey and Irina Teplovs in Cheremshanka village. Andrey is also a jeweler master. They happened to meet each other in the community and now live together happily having one and the same Faith in their hearts.
In Cheremshanka village And last but not least – we are at Oleg and Margarita’s house. Margarita and her children have cooked a great and simple dinner – very delicious as every vegetable has been grown in their own garden. Both Margarita and Oleg told their own story of how they moved to the community some 9 years ago. Their stories have one thing in common – both wanted to express their real life dream and to live freely and happily together as one family. Then their two children perform a joyful song about pan cakes while we eat pan cakes. And one more song – about the joy to live and co create together. There is one thing in common for all people we have met – all of them were capable to step into the Unknown, to trust the Highest Will – and then all that was needed followed their dreams the very best way.
In Oleg’s and Margarita’s home, Cheremshanka village In the evening, we are back at Gulyaevka and are invited to visit one more house: that of Alexander Grachev and take part in a wonderful musical party. Wonderful party as this musical circle in a remote Siberian taiga has put together people from different countries as one family. Different languages, different melodies, different musical instruments and one common Faith and aspiration – to live and co create freely, joyfully and together.
Singing circle in Alexander Grachev’s house, Gulyaevka On the 21 August Lena speaks about her dreams to make the house larger. “I don’t know why, but I do have a feeling that I should make the house larger, so that it could host other people” - she says.
Lena’s dreams about creating a space for other people, Gulyaevka
We take a photo of the house that we envision as our Peace Home and a seed of a Peace Village.
House in Gulyaevka, 21 of August On the 22nd of August we leave for Petropavlovka. Andrey, a friend of Oleg brings us by his microbus to Kuragino. On the way to Kuragino he tells us his story – he moved to the community 9 years ago from Kemerovo – an industrial city of Siberia and he is very much interested in creating a pure space here and is ready to get equipment for waste. We feel close connection with him - Andrei refuses to take any money… Here we are again – in Kuragino to take a train from Abakan to Novosibirsk.
Rainbow in Petropavlovka
In a suburb train from Kuragino to Abakan, 22 August
While in the train we create a vision of an international Peace Village with spherical houses. Again I have a feeling in my heart: “We should be in time”… © Siberian Center for Eurasian Projects, GONG3000
Sent in by Nina Goncharova
Earth Healing Group
This group is for those wishing to share earth healing techniques and information about important events and who wish to add their energy to raising the vibration of the planet for the good of all
Come join us and we will all send healing Energy to Earth at one time a collective conscious activity to help Mother Earth and all those on it.
This group is for all people from all over the world to come "together" every MONTH to focus their energies for a common goal. It is also a place to share with each other HEALING TECHNIQUES and INFORMATION about important events.
THIS GROUP IS HERE TO ACTIVELY MAKE A CHANGE AND RAISE THE VIBRATION OF THE PLANET FOR THE GOOD OF ALL
What would you do to change how things are now..for all of Earth and its inhabitants..set aside race and religion.Look at the Earth as a whole and ask your self what you would like to see and that would help all in progression for generations to come. with me I would say teaching and giving those being taught to study multiple subjects being medical,science, ecology, geology with no limitations. to let them study it as long as their interest hold then if wish to move on to another field do so then..think if more were givin a chance without limitation could learn so much more and what they learn can be taught to others.This is about us mapping our future how we see it should be and how it can be done or utilized. with all we have and know now.. forget what we know about government ran projects or any government limitations ..we have to think out of the box..we have been so conditioned to think in the box..we have to break from that.. a map written by me and to be manipulated by others to improve the idea inspired by Alex collier and the Andromedans
the tiny drops of tears are falling from the mother earth tonight we need to too open are eyes to all the hurt we have caused the wild animals are coming into are towns and cities to let us know we are intruding on their homes we are scaring the mother earth every time we drop are garbage in arms we need to open up are eyes before it is to late
dedicated to the coyote that came to visit this morning Posted by Lillie Watcher
Should You Keep Your Cats Inside?
Posted by Onecrow
Because I stated my opinion: that cats should be kept indoors. First, there are several medical reasons for why to keep your cats indoors. Let the statistics do the talking: the average outdoor cat lives to two years of age, while the indoor cat lives to a more geriatric age (approximately 15 to 18). So ultimately, it depends on how long you want to have your cat around. As a veterinarian, I‟ve seen too many cats succumb to the “trauma of outdoor living”: being mauled by dogs, maimed by cars, shot by BB guns, etc., only to have pet owners who couldn‟t afford to have them treated (resulting in euthanasia). Risks for Outdoor Cats
Increased exposure to outdoor poisons (e.g., a few bites out of your day lilies or licks of antifreeze from your neighbor’s driveway can result in life-threatening acute kidney failure) Increased risk of catching deadly cat viruses like feline leukemia (FeLV) or feline immunodeficiency virus (FIV) Increased risk for pet overpopulation (If your cat’s not neutered or spayed yet, please don’t let him or her out!) Contributing to the spread of toxoplasmosis all over your neighborhood Contributing to the killing of migrating song birds
Believe it or not, outdoor cats don‟t necessary have more fun, and yes, indoor cats can be just as content living indoors. If you‟ve already decided to let your cat outside, just be aware that once cats have tasted the “great outdoors,” it‟s harder to keep them from crying for it, begging for it, or running out when that screen door opens. For that reason, it‟s always the safest approach not even to let your cat experience the great outdoors to begin with. Also, if you decide to let your cat outside, just be prepared to have him snatched away — permanently. A good-intentioned neighbor may think they have found a sweet cat and decide to keep your cat as their own … right after you paid for the spay/neuter and vaccines! Hence, all the “Lost Cat: Reward!” signs in the „hood.
If you decide to keep your cat indoors, keep your cat content by committing to exercising your cat more. It‟s the simplest way to add environmental enrichment to your cat‟s routine. If you love your cat (yes, I‟m trying to use guilt here!), exercise your cat for at least ten minutes, once a week. First, exercising your cat allows him or her to bond to you more (and hopefully, vice versa). Second, it‟s a great way to help your cat lose weight and stay trim and healthy. While the majority of cats I see are overweight and sedentary, it‟s not their fault — it‟s because they lack exercise by their owner. Third, exercise is important because it‟s great mental and physical stimulation. Make sure your cat has plenty of cat-safe toys, catnip, cat grass, scratching posts, and laser pointers to chase. For all you naysayers, don‟t get me wrong — if I lived in the perfect environment (at the end of a cul-de-sac with minimal traffic, on a farm away from roads, etc.), I‟d consider letting my cat outdoors … so there are some situations where I think it‟s OK. However, most of my clients are from an urban environment, where cats and roads don‟t mix. If you have a fenced in yard, or can teach your cat to walk on a leash, I think supervised outdoor time is great — provided you‟re there to get them out of a bind if necessary (after all, curiosity killed the cat!).
Vaccinate Outdoor Cats
If you do let your cat outdoors, please consult your veterinarian about appropriate vaccine protocols. I normally don‟t recommend the FeLV or FIV vaccine, but that‟s because the FeLV vaccine isn‟t 100 percent effective and has very rare but potentially severe side effects (like a cancer called fibrosarcoma at the site of injection). That said, if you allow your cat to go outdoors, the vaccine is a must (as it is for all the other cats in your household, regardless if they go out or not!).
Declawed Cats Don’t Belong Outside
Finally, if your cat is declawed, please don‟t let him go outside. While this seems like common sense to me (as it‟s a dog-eat-dog world out there, and sending a declawed cat outdoors is like sending him to war without a gun), I‟ve seen lots of pet owners do it. Common sense may not be so common, as I often see bird feeders in the yard also. Want to keep your cat outdoors? You lose the right to use bird feeders!
Care2 source Dr. Justine Lee, PetMD
So, Your Spiritual Awakening Cost You Some Friends?
Posted by Lillie
Have you noticed a change in your relationships with other people lately? Is it sometimes difficult or awkward to talk to others about spiritual topics? Do you, at times, feel alone in your beliefs? Have you lost contact with any long time friends recently? You are not alone! I'm fortunate to have a lot of Facebook friends who post similar types of links. Too many times, I see a lot of people who talk the talk but are afraid to walk the walk, due to being ridiculed for their thoughts and posts (GROUPTHINK). I've lost some longtime friends because of this but have made many, many new ones. Once the ego is released, you no longer worry about conformity and peer pressure. Groupthink is a psychological phenomenon that structures various belief systems within a group of people while discouraging individual creativity and independent thinking. Even within a group of individuals who are spiritually awakened, you will find groupthink. If you look at the recorded history of mankind, you’ll find that this history is merely someone’s interpretation of a landmark event or evolutionary process, backed by eyewitness testimonial, scientific data, video or faith. The actual truth may be hidden or distorted for many reasons, but mostly for control and power. Look no further than the origins of mankind and you’ll find a plethora of creation myths from all cultures with varying dates of our existence. Who’s right? Can you talk to your friends about the universe? Do they know what a stargate or chakra is? Are they willing to talk about ascension or spiritual enlightenment? When you talk to people about the creation myth, they tend to remain inside the box with a belief system that supports religion’s story of creation, which dates mankind back to 4000 B.C. If you raise questions about our true origins, it tends to separate people and relationships between those who think outside the box versus those who think inside the box. When these topics arise within relationships, they often create dissention. It’s hard for anyone to admit they’ve been deceived for so long and even more difficult to admit they were possibly wrong in their assumptions. This is a prime example of how our educational systems keep us locked inside the box without questioning anything about what we’ve been taught. Those who remain inside the box are afraid of what others might think if they venture outside the box, so they remain complacent and subservient while conforming to what society dictates rather than relying on their own discernment and judgment. People could live their entire lives pretending to be what society expects them to be and not even know it! From an ego perspective, our thoughts are basically cultivated by what we’ve learned from our family, friends, educational systems and religious beliefs, but what have we truly been taught? What can we say about anything that wasn’t regurgitated to us by someone else? As evidenced by past life regressions, our previous lives and soul history remain dormant in our cellular DNA and can be recalled through our subconscious minds through hypnotherapy. Within your cellular DNA, you actually remember being back with the Source along with all of the things you wanted to accomplish during this incarnation, as well as all of the challenges you wanted to overcome and all of the people who would lead you to where you are. This includes the people that have come and gone from our lives.
Sometimes, we project to be someone that we expect others to see in us. In psychology, this is referred to as the shadow self, where we project an identity that conforms to how other people may perceive us versus being true to who we really are. Some people may find out that they never knew who they were because they lived their lives through the expectations of how others will perceive them. Those who have begun their spiritual journeys may also be confronting these issues, which initially creates cognitive dissonance. Cognitive dissonance occurs when you get an uncomfortable feeling caused by holding conflicting ideas simultaneously. This is the transition period that many of us have gone through, where our beliefs have changed, yet we’re unsure about relating these new ideas to our friends and family, due to fear or rejection. As our spiritual journeys continue, we become more comfortable within our own beliefs and less concerned about how our friends and family view this awakening. This is when the ego becomes separated from the self and fear is dissolved by love. At this juncture, we begin to talk to acquaintances, as well as friends and family, about spiritual and metaphysical topics, with less regard about what they might think of us or how we may be perceived by others. In time, spirituality will be the predominant frame of mind and it’s likely that those who have strayed from us will be the first in line to ask for help in adjusting to the new paradigm. Remember this: You are not alone! Those who truly love you will stand by you, no matter what. Those people who are no longer part of our lives have already played their role in helping us find out who we truly are. Sometimes, it takes polarity to be able to differentiate who we are and where we're going. This is where the unawakened help immensely, by providing that contrast which allows us to see the differences. Envision each awakened person across the planet holding a candle. While your individual candle may not seem like a lot of light, it greatly contributes to making the world FULL of light and keeps us connected, no matter how far apart we may be. While it may be painful to lose some dear friends, think about what they have brought to your life and why. Chances are, you’ll end a few old relationships with people who were, at one time, very close to you, only to create new relationships with like-minded people. Forgive yourself, as well as your friends, if you feel badly about this. They came into your life for a reason a season or a lifetime: Reason, Season, or Lifetime People come into your life for a reason, a season or a lifetime. When you figure out which one it is, you will know what to do for each person. When someone is in your life for a REASON, it is usually to meet a need you have expressed. They have come to assist you through a difficulty; to provide you with guidance and support; to aid you physically, emotionally or spiritually. They may seem like a godsend, and they are. They are there for the reason you need them to be. Then, without any wrongdoing on your part or at an inconvenient time, this person will say or do something to bring the relationship to an end. Sometimes they die. Sometimes they walk away. Sometimes they act up and force you to take a stand. What we must realize is that our need has been met, our desire fulfilled; their work is done. The prayer you sent up has been answered and now it is time to move on. Some people come into your life for a SEASON, because your turn has come to share, grow or learn. They bring you an experience of peace or make you laugh. They may teach you something you have never done. They usually give you an unbelievable amount of joy. Believe it. It is real. But only for a season. LIFETIME relationships teach you lifetime lessons; things you must build upon in order to have a solid emotional foundation. Your job is to accept the lesson, love the person, and put what you have learned to use in all other relationships and areas of your life. It is said that love is blind but friendship is clairvoyant. Author Unknown Permission is granted to reproduce this article on any website as long as it’s reproduced in its entirety. by Gregg Prescott, M.S.
(one the most classic motivational poems) Posted by
Promise yourself to be so strong that nothing can disturb your peace of mind. To talk health, happiness, and prosperity to every person you meet. To make all your friends feel like there is something in them. To look at the sunny side of everything and make your optimism come true. To think only of the best, to work only for the best, and expect only the best. To be just as enthusiastic about the success of others as you are about your own. To forget the mistakes of the past and press on the greater achievements of the future. To wear a cheerful countenance at all times and give every living person you meet a smile. To give so much time to the improvement of yourself that you have no time to criticize others. To be too large for worry, too noble for anger, and too strong for fear, and to happy to permit the presence of trouble.
The Optimist Creed From The Optimist International
Countering Stress and Depression by The Dalai Lama
Posted by Breeze
At a fundamental level, as human beings, we are all the same; each one of us aspires to happiness and each one of us does not wish to suffer. This is why, whenever I have the opportunity, I try to draw people's attention to what as members of the human family we have in common and the deeply interconnected nature of our existence and welfare. Today, there is increasing recognition, as well as a growing body of scientific evidence, that confirms the close connection between our own states of mind and our happiness. On the one hand, many of us live in societies that are very developed materially, yet among us are many people who are not very happy. Just underneath the beautiful surface of affluence there is a kind of mental unrest, leading to frustration, unnecessary quarrels, reliance on drugs or alcohol, and in the worst case, suicide. There is no guarantee that wealth alone can give you the joy or fulfilment that you seek. The same can be said of your friends too. When you are in an intense state of anger or hatred, even a very close friend appears to you as somehow frosty, or cold, distant, and annoying. However, as human beings we are gifted with this wonderful human intelligence. Besides that, all human beings have the capacity to be very determined and to direct that strong sense of determination in whatever direction they like. So long as we remember that we have this marvellous gift of human intelligence and a capacity to develop determination and use it in positive ways, we will preserve our underlying mental health. Realizing we have this great human potential gives us a fundamental strength. This recognition can act as a mechanism that enables us to deal with any difficulty, no matter what situation we are facing, without losing hope or sinking into feelings of low self-esteem. I write this as someone who lost his freedom at the age of 16, then lost his country at the age of 24. Consequently, I have lived in exile for more than 50 years during which we Tibetans have dedicated ourselves to keeping the Tibetan identity alive and preserving our culture and values. On most days the news from Tibet is heartbreaking, and yet none of these challenges gives grounds for giving up. One of the approaches that I personally find useful is to cultivate the thought: If the situation or problem is such that it can be remedied, then there is no need to worry about it. In other words, if there is a solution or a way out of the difficulty, you do not need to be overwhelmed by it. The appropriate action is to seek its solution. Then it is clearly more sensible to spend your energy focussing on the solution rather than worrying about the problem. Alternatively, if there is no solution, no possibility of resolution, then there is also no point in being worried about it, because you cannot do anything about it anyway. In that case, the sooner you accept this fact, the easier it will be for you. This formula, of course, implies directly confronting the problem and taking a realistic view. Otherwise you will be unable to find out whether or not there is a resolution to the problem
Taking a realistic view and cultivating a proper motivation can also shield you against feelings of fear and anxiety. If you develop a pure and sincere motivation, if you are motivated by a wish to help on the basis of kindness, compassion, and respect, then you can carry on any kind of work, in any field, and function more effectively with less fear or worry, not being afraid of what others think or whether you ultimately will be successful in reaching your goal. Even if you fail to achieve your goal, you can feel good about having made the effort. But with a bad motivation, people can praise you or you can achieve goals, but you still will not be happy. Again, we may sometimes feel that our whole lives are unsatisfactory, we feel on the point of being overwhelmed by the difficulties that confront us. This happens to us all in varying degrees from time to time. When this occurs, it is vital that we make every effort to find a way of lifting our spirits. We can do this by recollecting our good fortune. We may, for example, be loved by someone; we may have certain talents; we may have received a good education; we may have our basic needs provided for food to eat, clothes to wear, somewhere to live - we may have performed certain altruistic deeds in the past. We must take into consideration even the slightest positive aspect of our lives. For if we fail to find some way of uplifting ourselves, there is every danger of sinking further into our sense of powerlessness. This can lead us to believe that we have no capacity for doing good whatsoever. Thus we create the conditions of despair itself. As a Buddhist monk I have learned that what principally upsets our inner peace is what we call disturbing emotions. All those thoughts, emotions, and mental events which reflect a negative or uncompassionate state of mind inevitably undermine our experience of inner peace. All our negative thoughts and emotions - such as hatred, anger, pride, lust, greed, envy, and so on - are considered to be sources of difficulty, to be disturbing. Negative thoughts and emotions are what obstruct our most basic aspiration - to be happy and to avoid suffering. When we act under their influence, we become oblivious to the impact our actions have on others: they are thus the cause of our destructive behaviour both toward others and to ourselves. Murder, scandal, and deceit all have their origin in disturbing emotions. This inevitably gives rise to the question - can we train the mind? There are many methods by which to do this. Among these, in the Buddhist tradition, is a special instruction called mind training, which focuses on cultivating concern for others and turning adversity to advantage. It is this pattern of thought, transforming problems into happiness that has enabled the Tibetan people to maintain their dignity and spirit in the face of great difficulties. Indeed I have found this advice of great practical benefit in my own life. A great Tibetan teacher of mind training once remarked that one of the mind’s most marvellous qualities is that it can be transformed. I have no doubt that those who attempt to transform their minds, overcome their disturbing emotions and achieve a sense of inner peace, will, over a period of time, notice a change in their mental attitudes and responses to people and events. Their minds will become more disciplined and positive. And I am sure they will find their own sense of happiness grow as they contribute to the greater happiness of others. I offer my prayers that everyone who makes this their goal will be blessed with success.
The Dalai Lama December 31, 2010 Originally published in the Hindustan Times, India, on January 3rd, 2011
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